Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street: a musical thriller

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Dodd, Mead, 1979 - Drama - 198 pages
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The applause musical library edition includes: -- Eugene Lee's set designs-- Franne Lee's costume designs-- Production photographs; cast lists and credits; and awards for all major productions-- A selected discography

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User Review  - ncgraham - LibraryThing

I must admit I don’t exactly see the point in reading a musical, especially one with as many musical numbers as Sweeney Todd. But this was a school assignment, so I simply shook my head and mumbled ... Read full review

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User Review  - cinesnail88 - LibraryThing

Two simple facts about me sum up why I disliked this: 1. I don't like musicals - with the exception of a few 'classics'. 2. I can't stand being forced to read musical verse. Unfortunately, I think this might have made a fun play, but I didn't like the musical. Read full review


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Stephen Sondheim was born in New York and studied music at Williams College, where he wrote the lyrics and music for two college shows. Sondheim also studied at Princeton University with Milton Babbit. He received recognition for writing lyrics for Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story (1957) and success as a lyricist-composer with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962). However, his next musical, Anyone Can Whistle (1964), was unsuccessful. The production of Company (1970) again established Sondheim as a major composer and lyricist on Broadway. Sondheim's other productions include Follies (1971); A Little Night Music (1973), wherein its leading song, "Send in the Clowns," was awarded a Grammy in 1976; and Sunday in the Park with George (1983), a musical inspired by George Seurat's famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." He has won him three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.

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